AMMAN, Jordan – Rey Saludar fought two straight days – Monday and Tuesday – and won back-to-back in the 27th Asian Elite Men's Championships being held here.
The tournament is currently staged at the spanking new Amman Boxing Arena with 27 countries seeing action in the modern facility recently donated to the Jordan Boxing Association by King Abdullah himself.
It was the setting of another close match featuring the 25-year-old Filipino Asian Games gold medalist and his tormentor in the last staging of the event in Incheon, South Korea in 2011, Kazakhstan's Ilyas Suleimenov, 22.
The Kazakh went on to win silver in that tournament and qualified for the London Olympics last year. He is also a two-time national champion of Kazakhstan.
But Saludar was determined to exact revenge and maintained the pressure all three rounds by pressing the action and connecting with effective hooks and straights.
In the new AIBA ten-points must system, only three of the five judges count. The computer chooses which three would decide the match.
In this case, two of the judges saw it in favor of Saludar, 29-28, while another had it for the Kazakh, also 29-28.
The newly-married Army man who is expecting his first born this September, next faces Tanes Ongjunta of Thailand, who beat Saudi Arabia's Samer Humaidi in the other flyweight match. They fight Friday.
Meanwhile, up next for the PLDT-ABAP team is 20-year-old Rogen Ladon, who fights Wednesday versus Hasan Naser of Iraq